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Hagan urging support for medical marijuana amendment

Published: Thu, May 30, 2013 @ 12:08 a.m.



By Marc Kovac



A state lawmaker isn’t holding his breath in anticipation of action by the Republican-controlled Ohio House on his proposal to legalize marijuana use for medical purposes.

Rep. Bob Hagan of Youngstown, D-58th, doesn’t think his House Bill 153 will move much beyond the sponsor testimony he offered before the chamber’s health committee Wednesday. It’s the latest attempt to legalize medical marijuana over recent general assemblies, none of which have gained support for passage.

So Hagan is urging support for a constitutional amendment on the issue.

“The only process left is the citizens’ initiative,” he said. “The people now have to speak up.”

Hagan joined representatives of the Ohio Rights Group Wednesday for a Statehouse press conference touting the benefits of marijuana for treatment of cancer, Crohn’s disease and other debilitating medical conditions.

Both Hagan’s legislation and the Ohio Rights Group’s proposed constitutional amendment would legalize marijuana for medical uses, with limits in place to prevent casual consumption.

“We, in this piece of legislation and in this initiative, want to make sure that it takes care of those individuals that are in pain, that are in chronic pain, and that we do everything we can to make sure that’s where it goes,” Hagan said.

The Ohio Rights Group received approvals from the attorney general and state ballot board to circulate petitions to place the issue before voters. Supporters will have to gain more than 380,000 valid signatures from registered voters to qualify.

It’s the third petition attempt for the group, the last of which netted about 5,000 signatures before members abandoned the effort due to lack of interest in a presidential election year and a less technologically savvy campaign.

“We have 13 months to collect the 385,000 signatures in order to put it on the ballot for 2014,” said John Pardee, the group’s president. “We will get that done. ... This is a safe alternative that’s nontoxic that people can use for a lifetime and not have ill effects.”


1biggee(43 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Bob don't you think your time could be better spent than pushing to legalize pot and protesting ( fill in the blank) ? Is that what your supporters sent you to Columbus for? Jeeezzz

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2Knightcap(699 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Stop this crackhead idea of legalizing dope. Pick up the gauntlet of getting school funding fixed. Stop the over reliance on property taxes for the single family home owner. You've done nothing for our schools.

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3Statesman01(2 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Bob go back to following orders from the party. When you venture away, your lack of original thought beings to manifest.

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4busyman(239 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

It is only a matter of time until this plant becomes legal in other states around us. Just like the casinos, Ohio had to wait until they were surrounded to see the light. Bob has not been my favorite politician when he was against fracking, but now he sees some case for this legislatiion. The money now being spent to buy the stuff illegally can be turned into a state source of revenue to help fund needed programs and not the drug Czars homes, cars and planes and pollice departments that are chasing dealers around after they kill someone. Wake up people!!!

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5Boardman120(82 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

On the same day the NTSB wants to lower the legal blood alcohol level to 0.05, Moron Bob Hagan wants the state to legalize medical marijuana.
It's like Hagan *tries* to be stupid, ironic, and irrelevant.
Or maybe, he's just an aging pothead. And there's hardly anything more pathetic than that.

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6FrancisArouet(10 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Forgive them, Mr. Hagan, for they know not how clueless they are.

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7walter_sobchak(1910 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

“We will get that done. ... This is a safe alternative that’s nontoxic that people can use for a lifetime and not have ill effects.”

Really? Non-toxic? The cases of marijuana poisoning in children is skyrocketing in Colorado as kids are unknowingly ingesting it from Grandpa's brownies or cookies. Not to mention the carcinogens in it. Nothing worse than a 65 year old pothead with their addled brain, similar to Buckwheat. One of the biggest problems here is,with smoking medical marijuana, there is no dosage due to the variability of teh product. This makes it very difficult for a physicians to accurately prescribe other necessary medications due to drug interactions.

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8papa1(662 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

marijuana to lessen the effects of chemotherapy? absolutely! marijuana to get high? absolutely not!

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9peggygurney(392 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Medicinal purposes - ok.
Otherwise - no.

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10Robert_Neville(123 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Walter you are correct about the fact on Colorado. They expect that Gov. Hickenlooper to sign six bills that will tax pot up to 65%. This will go to support the failing school system in the state. You will be able to smoke three joints before you are DWH. The THC level will be the highest in the US. They expect that over50% of the children with be poisoned by this drug.

Bob my take on this do not do it if you are not planning on legalize all drug. Heroin to be included.

My take on it do not do it. Somolia is a great example of why you do not want to legalize drugs. People use it everyday and not to mention the death rate.

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11LtMacGowan(643 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Way to go Hagan keep fighting and I'll keep voting for you.

Because having Marijuana illegal has sure stopped people from using it..

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12JLebowski(1 comment)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Just out of curiosity, where are the anti-marijuana commenters getting there information? I would appreciate it if any of you would support your Reefer Madness comments with facts.

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13Bman(151 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago


....This is how silly the marijuana laws are--the entire culture's basis for demonizing marijuana is that video from the 1930s.

Wasted government money fighting something less devastating than beer.

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14cambridge(3013 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago


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15VINDYAK(1799 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Indian's pitcher Chris Perez should be Hagan's spokesperson, as he is suffering from an injury and had marijuana mailed to his home. He and his wife were both arrested!

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16aayo(1 comment)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Nothing could be worse than what is currently being prescribed to people for their pain. With Percocet and Oxy being highly addictive and highly destructive to not only the patient to which they are prescribed but to the family. Watching helplessly, their loved one spiral straight down the tubes.

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17southsidedave(4780 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

a legal "high" and taxes to the feds...perfect!

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